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Board Swears In New Member


Posted Date: 05/19/2021

Board Swears In New Member

The Perryton ISD board of trustees met Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting.  The meeting began with the swearing-in of new board member Chris Lingo along with re-elected members Tyler Merkel and Wes Beal.  The board and administration thanked outgoing board member and president Monty Kinnard. 

Joe Ogden was chosen as the new Board President.  Wes Beal will serve as Vice President and Tyler Merkel will be the Board Secretary for the coming year. 

PISD Board representatives for the Ochiltree Appraisal District and Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation boards were also selected.  Richard Beyea, Joe Ogden, and Tyler Merkel will remain on the appraisal dist. board while the PISD reps on the RAEF committee will be Richard Beyea, Ramon Vela, and Wes Beal.

After a brief executive session to discuss personnel, the board heard a presentation from John Blackburn of Live Oak Finance about refinancing bond payments on the Perryton Junior High renovation.  Blackburn discussed a number of options to potentially reduce the interest rate the district is currently paying and possibly pay the note off sooner or generate additional funds for renovations elsewhere in the district.  The board will continue to look at their options.

Students from Ludi Peña Martin AEC and the FCCLA program at Perryton High School were recognized for their achievements.  CLICK HERE for the list of students.  Superintendent James Mireles announced a number of year-end staff resignations. SEE LIST HERE.

After the various reports from Directors, Administrators, and Chief Financial Officer, the board approved probationary teacher contracts for Jarrett Blasingame, PHS Agriculture Science, and Stacy Smith, Wright Elementary Special Education/Life Skills.

A resolution was passed that will allow the district to receive funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III fund to address learning loss related to COVID-19.  The board also agreed to enter into a contract with Huseman Builders to serve as Construction Manager at Risk on the softball field project.  The depository contract with Perryton National Bank was also extended.

The board discussed the financial situation with the Ranger Roundup Learning Center, which is improving with increased enrollment.   Board members agree that there is a strong need for the service provided by RRLC.

The June Board Meeting is set for June 22 at 7:00 with Executive Session starting at 6:00 p.m.